Alwaght- Hezbollah resistance movement vowed on Saturday to respond proportionately to any act of aggression by Israeli regime against Lebanon.
“We will retaliate against any attack on Lebanon. We will not accept any enemy aggression against our country,” The secretary general if Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said as he addressed his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital Beirut.
He also praised sacrifices made by resistance fighters, stressing that their heroic actions had helped Hezbollah score glorious victories.
“Our martyrs’ blood protected our land, so did the ‘Golden Formula’ and Hezbollah’s missile capabilities. Our strength point is missile power because the Lebanese army is forbidden from acquiring state-of-the-art missiles and military hardware,” Nasrallah pointed out.
Normalization bids end to Arab hypocrisy
The Hezbollah chief then censured attempts by certain regional states to normalize diplomatic relations with the Israeli regime.
“Dear Palestinians, don’t grieve at normalization bids! What had been going on behind the scenes for long is now taking place blatantly and unashamedly. The current normalization attempts will put an end to Arab hypocrisy, and will tear off the masks of deceivers and hypocrites,” Nasrallah said.
He further noted that demonstrations in the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip, which are dubbed “The Great March of Return” and demand the right to return for the Palestinians driven out of their homeland, filled our hearts with hope that Palestinians would not give in to pressure at all.
“Had the Syrian people and government not withstood pressure by Tel Aviv, we would have been witness to (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu marching in Damascus,” Nasrallah said.
The Hezbollah secretary general also lauded Iran’s stance vis-à-vis the Palestinian issue, stating that sanctions against the Islamic Republic will have no effect on the movement.
He also criticized the international community for its outcry over the murder of prominent Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed after visiting the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul on October 2, while turning a blind eye to Saudi crimes and atrocities in neighboring Yemen.
US Peace Proposal for Yemen Suspicious
The Hezbollah chief also described a demand by US President Donald Trump’s administration for a ceasefire in Yemen as a hoax, stating that doubts surrounded the timing of such a call.
He called upon Yemeni people to remain patient and persevere as they are very close to victory.
According to Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) at least 56,000 people have lost their lives in Saudi regime's over three-year aggression on Yemeni nation. The aggression has also left around two-thirds of Yemen’s population of 27 million relying on aid amid the ongoing strict naval and aerial blockade of the country by the coalition.
Nasrallah strongly condemned the recent life sentence handed down to prominent Bahraini Shia cleric and opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, saying the Appeals Court’s decision to overturn his acquittal proved the ruling Al Khalifah regime was oppressive.
Hezbollah insists on government demand
Turning to the formation of a new national unity government in Lebanon, he said Hezbollah was right to demand 10 ministerial shares, and that its share of six ministers in the next Lebanese administration did not reflect its parliamentary, political and popular size.
Hezbollah says one of its Sunni allies must be represented in the government to reflect their election gains.
But Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri, who is Lebanon’s main Sunni politician and enjoys Western backing, has ruled out allocating any of his cabinet seats to them.
“We told Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri that our demand for their representation is basic, and helps the formation of the new government,” Nasrallah concluded.
Nasrallah said rejecting a Sunni ally from its “March 8” camp amounted to exclusion of a section of Lebanese.
“We were sincere when we spoke of a national unity government. There is no national logic, or moral logic, or legal logic ... for anyone in Lebanon to come out and say ‘it is forbidden for the March 8 Sunnis to be represented in the Lebanese government,” Nasrallah said.
“If it is forbidden, come let’s talk again from the start,” he said, adding: “We don’t want conflict, or tension, or escalation.”
President Michel Aoun vowed earlier on Saturday to find a solution to the problem. Though a political ally of Hezbollah, Aoun has sided with Hariri in the row.